Responding to COVID-19
As the ACRES Project prepares to gradually restart in-person programming later in June, the health and safety of our participants, staff, and community is our #1 priority. Here's what we'll be doing to welcome you back safely:
Our COVID-19 Safety Plan
- We will be checking the temperatures of program attendees and guests with a contactless infrared thermometer. Those with a fever, history of illness, or potential exposure to COVID-19 will not be permitted to attend.
- The interior of our facility has been fully disinfected.
- Programs will take place outdoors in our large green space, and activities will be conducted via rotating "stations" to prevent crowding.
- Participants will be reminded to wash or sanitize hands frequently and to maintain six feet of physical distance from others they do not live with.
- When Day Program returns on June 22, each session will be limited to no more than 10 adults, including aides, present at one time.
- Although most activities will take place outdoors, masks must be worn when inside the building. We understand that wearing a mask can be difficult for those with sensory needs, but it is important to help keep everyone safe! We will practice wearing masks outside to help everyone become more comfortable with this skill.
COVID-19 Resources for the Autism Community
Autism Speaks has compiled a great collection of free online resources from the COVID-19 Autism Research Community Task Force to help people with autism and their loved ones navigate the challenging new world created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The site contains a wide variety of ready-to-use, evidence-based tools and tips specifically designed for use by adults with autism, their families, and professionals. Links include tips on working from home, mental health resources, videos on making mask-wearing more tolerable for those with sensory needs, at-home exercise programs, and many, many more resources for a wide variety of support needs. We encourage you to make use of this valuable resource and hope that you find it helpful.